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Friday, July 2i, 2006 The CATAUNA ISLANDER P~e5 I r, Isthmus Cove might have been more appropriately identified as Sailboat Cove on the weekend of July 14-16.-More than 75 per- cent of all boats visiting the Isth- mus area were sailboats. Of the approxi- mately 300 sailboats on moorings, nearly half of those were Catalina Sailboats. Over the weekend, Catalina owners and factory rep- resentatives from Catalina Yachts gath- ered together at Two Harbors to host the annual Catalina Sail- boat'Rendezvous; Car- nival Catalina. Frank Buffer start- ed building Catalina Sailboats in North Hol- lywood in 1970. He has turned the Catalina into the number one sell- ing sailboat in the United States, with manufacturing locales in Woodland Hills, Ca. and Largo, Florida, where the Morgan line of the Catalina is built. With a pur- pose of "building good boats that Doug Oudln Columnist offer a good value for our cus- tomers" Buffer has certainly succeed- ed in that quest. One of the co- hosts of the 2006 Rendezvous, Buffer and his partners Sharon Day, Vice Presi- dent Sales, and Gerry Douglas, Vice President Engineering, were all in Two Harbors to assist with the event. It has turned into the single biggest ren- dezvous of the year on Catalina Island. In addition to the socializing and mingling with co-Catalina owners, the ren- dezvous also offered a variety of daytime and nighttime activities, games, prizes, and presentations by numerous Catalina Sailboat representatives. More than 1,25" Catalina own- ers officially signed-up ftr the ren- Continued from page 1 To that end, Amoroso is look- ing at the weekend of the Martin Luther King holiday for a Rhythm and Blues flavored concert in the Casino Ballroom. "I've been talking to bands now and hope to be running some shows by November" Amoroso said. In the meantime, Amoroso said that he is meeting with other merchants to develop support. "We have had coffee table talks and meeting with every-. body" Amoroso said. "It's a funny thing in Catalina. As far as the people who were here and saw us start to do this in the 80s, I-don't have to prove myself as much as with the people who are new." It was during the 80s that Amoroso was the first to bring rock acts like Three-Dog Night to the kisland. He said that first attempt to create a music scene on Catalina fizzled. "At the time, we probably wanted to move faster than the Island Company was prepared for us to do" he said. Amoroso said that before "Beaflemania," the Chamber of Commerce seemed to take a "let's wait and see" stance. "After our success with that show I think that we have the blessing of the chamber and the powers that be" he said. "I even received a note of congratulations from Wayne Griffith [Avalon Chamber of Commerce CEO] after the show." Amoroso said that he ulti- mately sees more multiple-day festivals for the Island, along the lines of the Tiki Fest that island resident Jerry Dunn is promoting. He said that is because it costs a promoter the same amount to do a lot of the set up and preparation for three days as it does for one. "Any promoter who knows what they are doing knows that it takes a lot of money to bring equipment over here for larger shows" Amoroso said. "It's labor intensive and there are a lot of costs. If everything goes well we could have our own equipment we could use on a permanent basis." Amoroso said that in addition to enhancing business, he would like to see the Casino Ballroom retrieve some of its original glory. "They used to bring the biggest bands of the day over here to play in the Casino," he said. Eventually, Amoroso said, he would like to see the Casino rival such venues as The House of Blues. He would also like to-see it get the same kind of regular cover- age in places like the Calendar section of the Los Angeles Tunes. Amoroso said that the success of things like the Tlld Fest and his concerts in late August should give some indications of the possibili- ties for accomplishing his goals. I Paige Creigh, Jenna Rodriquez, and Brenna Thompson each received a scholarship for $2,500. Kellie Enos, Delia Mon- tano, and Adrianna Boultinghouse were each awarded a scholarship for $1,500. Delia Montano also received the $1,000 Cappannelli Family Scholarship. CIWF raises most of this scholarship money from its annual Wine Festival in September. This year this event will be held on Sat- urday, Sept. 23 in the patio area of the Pavilion Lodge. As the cost of higher education continues to climb, the members of CIWF wish to help these wonderful young women of Avalon to achieve their future individual goals. dezvous. Several dozen more Catalina's were in the cove, but not signed up for all of the festivi- ties that were offered. Seal Beach Visitors Adding to the very busy weekend in Two Harbors was another good turnout of Seal Beach Yacht Club members. They celebrated their annual mid-sum- mer Island cruise led by cruise coordinator Cindy Brookes. A total of 48 SBYC boats par- ticipated in the cruise, which had a theme of Treasure Island. It included pirate contests, treasure hunts, and a full weekend slate of fun and games for adults and chil- dren. Seal Beach members also enjoyed afternoon and evening barbecues on Isthmus Beach. Factor in the intense heat on the mainland in recent days with the big turnouts of Catalina's and SBYC members, and the Isthmus mooring area reached full mooring capacity by early Friday after- noon. The only thing that did not reach full capacity was the Isth- mus Stringline--in place for boats of 25-feet in length or less--which rarely fills completely. Catalina Harbor was also active though not full---over the weekend due to a big turnout of California Yacht Club members. They gathered together at the club's Ballast Point facility to par- ticipate in their California Grill Cruise. California Yacht Club has not been particularly active at their Island site in recent years, but the good turnout of 40 boats and 120 members. The recent hiring of new yacht club manager--Dennis Con- neatly who has deep roots at Catalina, could be setting the tone for a much more visible CYC presence in the near future. Joining CYC in Cat Harbor over the weekend were about 10 boats from Dana Point Yacht Club. They closed out the last couple of days of an 'unofficial' DPYC cruise week, an Island getaway that included layovers in Whites Landing, Emerald Bay, and Cat Harbor. Local fishing has improved greatly in the past couple of weeks, with everything from,mar- lin to yellowtail and white seabass being taken in many areas around the Island. There are even reports of Dorado not far from the Island, but they are reluctant--right now--to bite. Bonito and barracuda are there for the taking all around the Island, chasing shoals of pinhead anchovies and sardines, while the larger and more desirable yellow- tail and white seabass are feeding on mackerel and squid. Warm Water, Many Fish Local anglers have done well in recent days, fishing with rod and reel, and spear fishing. Water temperatures took a big spike upward during the early part of the week. There were readings close to 75 degrees reported in some areas during the middle of the day. A slight cooling set in over the weekend, but all around the Island the water temp is hovering around the 70 degree range and even higher in some places. If this trend continues, anglers should see better and better sur- face fishing, particularly if the tropical influence continues to surge northward from Central America and Mexico. Judging from the heat and humidity in recent days, the tropical influence shows no immediate sign of relenting. Doug Oudin is the harbormaster at Two Harbors.